On July 25th, the Russian Ministry of Defence revealed targets of Russian missile strikes in Ukraine.
In Western Ukraine, Russian missiles struck a transshipment base, destroying US-supplied ammunition for HIMARS multiple-launch rocket systems and shells for US M777 large-calibre howitzers. The attack was carried out near the town of Bogdanovtsy in the Khmelnitskyi region.
On the eve, Russian Kalibr missiles were filmed during the launch from the Black sea area:
Another target for Russian missiles was a temporary deployment point of 95th Airborne Assault Brigade of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in the village of Kostantinovka in the Donetsk People’s Republic. As a result of the attack, over 100 Ukrainian servicemen and foreign mercenaries were destroyed.
On the same day, the Russian Ministry of Defence reported that an attempt of Ukrainian sabotage group to advance and land from fast landing boats on the territory of thr Kherson Region was thwarted in Dneprovsky estuary. Two Ukrainian landing boats with saboteurs on board were destroyed as a result of Russian strike.
The Ukrainian military command is preparing for a large counter-offensive operation against Russian forces in the Kherson region. According to unconfirmed reports, the counterattack was planned for August and will be timed to coincide with the Independence Day of Ukraine (on August 24th).
The AFU are escalating the situation in Southern Ukraine, launching counter-attacks along the front lines, instigating saboteurs to kill local officials, shelling civilian facilities to threaten the locals and targeting strategic infrastructure to deprive the Russian military from transfering reinforcement to the front lines.
The military preparations are accompanied by loud political claims and declarations of the upcoming operations. The official announcement of any military operations on the southern front lines results in military losses as the Russian side has already increased missile attacks on the AFU military facilities in the Nikolaev and Odessa regions. On the other hand, such a media campaign is aimed at changing public opinion in the West and create a new impetus for international support for Ukraine.
Even despite losses on the battlefields, the Kiev’s ability to declare any offensive operations may increase financial and military assistance to the Kiev regime and overcome Western fatigue from the war in Ukraine.
In turn, the Russian side is reinforcing the air defence forces in the Kherson region. So far, it is not clear if Russia has enough forces to protect and save control of the territories in southern Ukraine.
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